Photo Credit: Michelle G./friend of Expat Travelingmom

Photo Credit: Michelle G./friend of Expat Travelingmom

Ever wonder what you’re going to do on that dreaded layover when you have tired and cranky children in tow? Whether you’re departing, arriving or living in Singapore, there’s a part of the airport open to you. Changi Airport in Singapore is by no means the shiniest, most modern looking airport in the world, but what it offers helps offset some of the dated look in certain terminals.

During what layover have you ever had the chance to swim with the kids, shower them, visit a butterfly garden, do some shopping, catch up on your correspondence with free Wi-Fi and relax in a movie theater without leaving the airport? That’s right; Changi Airport has all that and much more. There’s air conditioned playgrounds, game console rooms, TV lounges and computer stations, family zones for younger children, a sunflower garden, an orchid garden, woodblock rubbing and FREE Singapore tours!

Photo Credit: Heather/ Expat Travelingmom

Photo Credit: Heather/ Expat Travelingmom

Beyond all of the fun things you can do at the airport, we are also always pleasantly surprised with how easy it is to navigate. Each terminal has different things to do. If you’re keen to visit another terminal via the train, my only word of caution is to make sure you have enough time to get there and back. We keep making the mistake of leaving for the airport too late, and don’t leave ourselves enough to venture off to other terminals before our flight.

Immigration has never been an issue for us, even on our first flight in when we were relocating. The area is very spacious, allowing for a good flow of people. We’ve never waited longer than a few minutes, sometimes never at all. There’s even a fast pass option for residents where you insert your passport into the machine and you’re on you’re way.

Photo Credit: Heather/ Expat Travelingmom

Photo Credit: Heather/ Expat Travelingmom

Duty Free! Get your Duty Free alcohol if you’re entering Singapore! You’ll save heaps and can use it up during your stay here, or bring it for a friend who lives here! Trust me, they’ll thank you for stopping and helping to top off their personal supply at friendlier prices. Alcohol is crazy expensive here, so Duty Free is our favorite place after returning from a trip.

Changi Airport really does have a lot to offer the tired and weary as well as the energetic. Dad, take Mom to the spa while you watch a movie with the kids…now there’s an idea! Yes, that exists too. Whatever your plans are next time you’re visiting Singapore, take a moment or two to explore the airport.